Terrebonne Parish native and Metairie resident Simone Theriot Maloz works daily on the local, state and federal levels to advocate for the needs of the disappearing Louisiana coast, specifically the Barataria and Terrebonne Basins. As the Executive Director of Restore or Retreat, she has continuously worked on large-scale and long-term restoration projects for the basins such as major sediment and freshwater diversions, marsh creation and barrier islands.
Since the devastating hurricanes of 2005 and the 2010 oil spill, she has also been tracking the process of the different planning efforts underway, including the Natural Resources Damage Assessment Act (NRDA), Clean Water Act Penalties, and Louisiana’s Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan, all to ensure the needs of our coast are being adequately met with the necessary sense of urgency. She is also deeply engaged in community outreach and engagement efforts, as well coastal financing and policy work.
She was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation, and is vice-chair of the Commission’s Diversion Subcommittee. She is the Infrastructure and Governmental Affairs Co-Chair for the South Central Industrial Association, where she was honored with the Tillman Esteve Outstanding Member Award in 2010. She is a current member of the LA 1 Coalition Executive Committee and formerly served as Chair of the Lafourche Chamber of Commerce and on the board of the Bayou Industrial Group. She and is a graduate of both Leadership Louisiana and Leadership Lafourche, where she also served as a board member.